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Celebrate Bollywood With Cocktails Inspired By Classics

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If you are having a party with a Bollywood theme, you must have cocktails inspired by Bollywood classics! Here are some amazing drinks which raise a toast to Bollywood classics.


A Bollywood classic remembered for its roughneck characters and street-smart quips in dialogues is an unmatchable film. Here's a cocktail that captures the fiery vibe of the beloved film.


60 ml McDowell's No.1 whisky

20 ml Lime juice

100 ml Hot Apple juice

1 cinnamon

3 cloves

Apple slices, for garnish


For hot apple juice:

Use a store-bought apple juice and heat it on the stove till the juice is hot enough. Do not let it simmer or boil.

For the cocktail:

Take a highball glass and pour whisky and lime juice into it. Burn the cloves with a blowtorch for 5 seconds, extinguish the flame and immediately add it into the glass. Take the cinnamon and burn it from one side using a blowtorch for 5 seconds. Mix well. Put out the flame and add it immediately to the glass. Stir well. Pour the hot apple juice. Garnish by arranging apple slices on a cocktail stick.

Optional: To add the Sholay, i.e. flames literally in the cocktail. Take a small steel plate, add zippo fuel to it and light it. Keep the plate next to the cocktail glass and serve them together.


This character from one of the Bollywood epics has had a major impact on Indian culture be it fashion or literature. No wonder Bollywood recycles the story, the character, and the name often. And now Anarkali inspired a cocktail as well!


60 ml Tanqueray

8-10 nos White grapes

1 Strip of Ginger

10 ml Sugar Syrup

White grape, for garnish

Orange peel, for garnish


Take a shaker and add grapes, orange peel and ginger in it. Muddle them gently. Add the rest of the ingredients into the shaker with lots of ice. Shake well. Strain the contents into a cocktail glass. Garnish using orange peel and a white grape.


The eternal love story of Laila and Majnu has inspired many a Bollywood film. And it has evoked a lovely concoction from mixologists. Presenting the delectable cocktail Laila.


30 ml Raspberry vodka

2 nos Strawberries

1 no Lime wedge

4 nos Blueberries

A dash of Mango puree

3 nos Blueberries, for garnish


Take a cocktail shaker and muddle the lime wedges, strawberries, blueberries and two dashes of mango purée. Pour the vodka and add some ice cubes. Shake vigorously. Double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the blueberries on a cocktail stick.

Dum Maaro Dum

One of the most iconic Bollywood songs that captured the Hippie culture has inspired a cocktail! Check out its 'smoky' recipe below.


45 ml Smirnoff vodka

30 ml Pineapple juice

30 ml Cranberry juice

10 ml Lime juice

10 ml Sugar syrup


Take a shaker and add all the ingredients into it. Shake well and then pour the contents into a bong glass. Garnish with smoke or a cube of ice.

Genda Phool

Genda Phool (marigold) is an intrinsic part of Indian culture and has been showcased in Bollywood films. There are at least two popular songs named after the flower in the recent past. Here's a cocktail that actually uses marigold as an ingredient!


60 ml Tanqueray

6 pieces Orange marigold flower

15 ml Lime Juice

20 ml Sugar Syrup

100 gms Ice


First, muddle the marigold in a shaker well. Add the other ingredients and shake well. Double strain in a hurricane glass with ice. Garnish with a marigold flower.

While it's great to learn about making cocktails and alcoholic beverages, it is important to consume alcohol moderately. Remember to serve and drink responsibly to ensure you and your guests are healthy and out of harm's way. If you know anyone who has trouble controlling their alcohol intake, please refer them to a professional immediately.


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